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or they were the agent of a foreign power. in the case of al-qaeda and the taliban if you could show that an individual was a member of al-qaeda or taliban then there may be some legal grounds to detain them and try them as an enemy combatant rather than in federal court. but this is masked in legal clothing. it's not actually a legal argument, and we shouldn't confuse these two things. the argument they're making is we should presume from the beginning that any incident involving islamic militancy is some how tied into al-qaeda. as i said, i've done research on this region and this particular conflict for 15 years. while the militants in chechnya have adopted al-qaeda ideology the connection is very slim and they have very different objectives that are very local very parochial and have a lot of to do with russia and very little to do with the united states. >> john: i agree and you're characterizing that as a political approach is profoundly diplomatic. scholar and attorney, christopher swift, thank you for coming tonight. >> thank you. >> john: thank you. one good thing may come o
an al-qaeda terror plot in toronto. at this time there is no evidence that it was connected to boston. this morning funerals were held for two of the victims. >> 29-year-old krystle campbell, a restaurant manager who was at the marathon, cheering on her boyfriend. friends describe her as have kind heart and wry sense of humor, and there was a funeral for lingzi lu, a chinese citizen who had just written her final exams link. an eight year old boy martin richard was killed as was a police officer. today a thousand mourners turned out to pay their respect. the west borough baptist church has threatened to picket the funerals because gay marriage is legal in massachusetts. but 200 teamsters came out to protect the mourners and the protesters were nowhere to be seen. there was a moment of silence for the victims, the city of boston, white house, house, senate and new york stock exchange all stopped pay their respect. dzhokhar tsarnaev is at boston's hospital. he is on vaent late for and handcuffed to his hospital bed so he won't be able to pull his breathing tube out
-up. surrounded the student that saudi arabia and al-qaeda. >> you know what's very interesting in this, the saudi national you know, the poor young guys splashed on the front payment in the "new york post," a lot of right wing chatter about a missing brown university student, might have been involved in this. and authorities said absolutely not. look, take a step back. there was an absolute burning desire to find a mideastern guy to be the suspect. and the "new york post" and other conservative outlets like glenn beck, they proved that they'll just make it up. it was such a burning desire to have the story fit the their at this that they wanted. that they were willing and they have the media tools to just start make stuff up and creating their own reality and creating their own parallel universe. where hey, it is a saudi. guess what. we decided it is a saudi. so that's the story we're going to go with because that's the story we want. if you just take a couple of seconds, imagine, you know, thank god glenn beck wasn't around on 9-11. thank god the fox news of today wasn't around on 9-11. thank go
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